Home of Charles Darwin - Down House

The House will be closed between Saturday 31 July and Friday 6 August due to operational reasons. If you have booked tickets for these dates, you will be refunded automatically within 10 working days, and you do not need to contact us to action your refund. Advance booking is currently suspended for this period of time. The gardens, café and shop will remain open, at a reduced price. These tickets will only be available on the day from the site.

Please note: From Saturday 7 August, the House will be open from 11am until 4pm daily (last admission at 3pm).

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. We may need to continue making changes as we follow continually evolving Government advice, so we recommend checking this information before your visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    You don’t need to book your ticket in advance, but you will always get the best price and guaranteed entry by booking online ahead of your visit.

    If you are a Member and wish to book, your ticket is still free

    Your booking is for the site/event only and does not guarantee a car parking space, which may carry an additional charge.

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  • How are you keeping us safe?

    Our staff are still working hard to keep everyone safe. We’re continuing with enhanced cleaning and you’ll find hand sanitiser stations on site. Our staff are continuing to wear a face covering in our busy areas and indoor spaces, and we encourage you to do the same. You can also help us keep you and other visitors safe by not visiting if you have symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate.

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What's On

Guidebook: Down House

Price: £4.50

 Down House Timeline

1838-42Family Home

Charles Darwin marries Emma Wedgwood in January 1839 and they live on Upper Gower Street until September 1842. They then move into Down House to accommodate their growing family.

Find out more about the Darwins and Down House

1842-6Early Scientific Research

Darwin completes his trilogy on South America's geology, and begins his classification of barnacles and his garden experiments.

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